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5 Nokia apps to make your toes curl!

I’m sick of all the iPhone fan boys/gals telling me how cool their little Apples are. I mean, like, really – they launched without copy and paste. It takes a special kind of talent to forget that. Chumps.

The iPhone is genius because it showed the world that applications are the future, and that the device is merely a platform for innovation. But it was not Steve Jobs and his unironed shirt-wearing cronies who made the iPhone what it is today. The thousands of  application developers who forgot to bath while writing apps for the phone can claim that honour. They revolutionised the mobile world and turned mobile phones into uber gangsta devices that can do everything, from making farting noises to tracking your petrol consumption. It’s just genius.

Nokia, on the other hand, have had open mobile application platforms for years. The company just did a really bad job of managing them and marketing their devices’ capabilities.

This has now changed. Nokia has released Ovi, their answer to iTunes, AppStore and MobileMe. I’m willing to bet a Caramel Cornetto that the guy who came up with the Ovi concept owned an iPhone. #JustSaying

Anyway, I’m a huge, huge Nokia fan. I love the fact that they are reliable, practical, sturdy, functional and just make sense.

Here are five of the applications that have made my Nokia N97 experience cool:

1. Mail for Exchange
Being a hardcore mail user (more than 200 emails per day), Mail for Exchange is easy to set up, easy to use and very functional. It integrates directly into the native mail client of the phone and supports full push mail. It is very easy to set the default connection to wifi and allows auto switching between hotspots & 3G. My only gripe is that it doesn’t do HTML mail formatting, which in today’s email age is a bit like launching a device without copy and paste.

2. Gravity
Half the reason why the N97 is cool, Gravity is a Symbian Twitter, Facebook and now Foursquare application. It’s the epitome of good user-experience design and is the most brilliant Twitter application out there. It is a paid-for app, but well worth the €10.

3. Nimbuzz
With IM aggregation brilliance and simple UI that makes a complicated experience simple, Nimbuzz is now my favorite app. It recently launched NimbuzzOut, a SkypeOut-type voice-calling system that allows for super-cheap international calls. Sadly, however, the voice networks block SIP traffic on their networks, so to make full use of NimbuzzOut you will need an active wifi connection. But the IM experience is simple and functional. A large array of emoticons help and so does the tabbing of conversations.

4. WorldMate
I think that it was Gandhi who said, “Information is Power”. No wait, that was Robin Morgan. Anyway, knowing what the weather is going to be the next day is just cool. The application has two reminders, both of which are customisable. I have a weather update set up for 9pm, and then another for 7am, and it uses my wifi connection to get the latest forecast. I have been fairly happy with its accuracy so far – well, at least I haven’t arrived at work looking like the chump who thought it was gonna snow, while it’s actually beach weather outside.

5. Nokia Messaging
This is a mail application that aggregates up to 10 email accounts, including popular web mail services like Gmail and Hotmail. It’s easy to install, easy to maintain and runs in the background. The UI is fairly intuitive and it looks like someone actually thought about button placement, user journeys and functionality.

These five applications are all great to run in the background (something that iPhone users can only dream of) and do not punish battery life… much.

Author Bio

Dee Chetty
Dee Chetty, is an Indian-educated web junky from Cape Town. He currently works at MWEB as the New Product Development Strategist for their Mobile division. Dee is a Blogger with a keen focus on Technology, Web Trends, Mobile and Cars. His career includes time as a Web Developer, Project... More


  1. SynapticLight

    April 1, 2010 at 11:49 am

    now if there was a service like BlackBerry where you do not pay for email (just that part) then theses apps would be beyond awesome.

  2. AJK

    April 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Opera Mobile – (Damn good mobile browser and better than Mini)
    RoadSync – which brings your Gmail, contact, calendar and tasks to Symbian
    Opera Widgets – standalone to Symbian which gives access to Opera Widget collection
    Television – stream loads of online TV to you (legal)
    Voyager Menu (vMenu) – Task manager, All icons arranged on pages to flip through (like iPhone), Loads of additional Apps.

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  4. Carla Fourie

    April 7, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I have to agree with @AJK, Opera Mini is a nifty browser and I use it quite often. One of my new favourite apps is JoikuSpot – it turns your phone into a WiFi hotspot. Very handy and I get a great connection at home but the app drains my N97’s battery very quickly hence I leave my phone in the charger whenever I use it. Great post Dee!

  5. DChetty

    April 15, 2010 at 1:44 am

    I completely agree. The data costs to run some of the widget based apps all day is ridiculous. I have am lucky enough to be in wifi zones for most of my day, so I have my phone to switch to wifi whenever its available, saving me from selling my thumbs to Congolese Muti buyers to pay for my 3G data bill